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Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 367 HEA - Evidencing teaching excellence - Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

Briefing Report 366 Universities Scotland - Working to Widen Access

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

HE Insight Paper 27 - The implications of organisational change for UK HE

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Good Practice Briefing 06 - Responding to the student mental health crisis

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 365 HEFCE - Financial health of the higher education sector - 2016-17 to 2019-20 forecasts

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 364 Sutton Trust - Admissions in Context - the use of contextual information by leading universities

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 363 DFE - Government consultation on the role of the OfS and regulation of HEIs

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

Briefing Report 362 OFFA - Understanding a whole institution approach to widening participation - Final report

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The latest proposals for making the student funding system fairer, in a new report from the Sutton Trust, show how contradictory policies can arise out of social mobility objectives, warns Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute.
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Tuition fee “top-ups” paid to universities by the government and vouchers for students to help cover the cost of fees should be introduced to help reverse the crisis in part-time study, according to a new report.
Universities which use terms like “number 1” or “leading” in advertisements need to include evidence to substantiate the claims, according to new advice.
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Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students, and Sophie Williams, Students' Union Chief Executive, both at the University of Worcester, consider the implications of the findings of a new survey on students' views on the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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As UK higher education faces a period of exceptional change, the prospect of more mergers and acquisitions may arise. Ewan Ferlie and Susan Trenholm from King’s Business School have examined the implications and identified issues the sector may need to consider, following a research report for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education .
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Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, explains why her organisation has launched a campaign to double the percentage of UK students who are studying or working abroad.
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Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, explains why his university and its students’ union has decided to host an independent Commission on Higher Education.
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The new regulatory framework for universities will have “an unflinching focus” on students but not reduce English  higher education to a “crude transaction between buyer and seller” said Sir Michael Barber as the government published a 181-page consultation report on its proposals.
Theresa May "missed opportunity"
Tuition fees should be capped at as low as £5,000 and the interest rate on student loans lowered to match inflation levels, according to a report published by the free-market think tank the Centre for Policy Studies.
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The Higher Education Statistics Agency has published the specification of student data to be returned by higher education providers from the 2019/20 academic year. The release represents the biggest change to the way student data is collected since the Cheltenham agency’s first data collection in 1994.
Over a quarter of students from multiple disadvantaged groups are dissatisfied with their non-academic higher education experience, new research shows.
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Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, outlines her vision for engaging with students and ensuring effective student representation on the OfS.
Research published by sustainability consultancy Brite Green shows English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date - but the sector is still not on track to meet targets for 2020 set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
HEi-know Exclusive: New guidance on vice chancellors’ pay, covering transparency, publication of pay differentials and membership of remuneration committees, is to be drawn up by the Committee of University Chairs (CUC). The move follows universities minister Jo Johnson’s call for a “remuneration code” to be developed.
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Greater emphasis on impact in the next Research Excellence Framework may worry some academics, but it provides the higher education sector with a valuable opportunity to promote itself in response to recent criticism, argues Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at Exeter University.
The long term cost of writing off graduate debt after a general election in five years would be up to £80 billion lower than some politicians and commentators have claimed, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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HEi-know invited three vice-chancellors to give their "take away" thoughts from last week's Universities UK annual conference, where universities minister Jo Johnson announced new measures on the Teaching Excellence Framework, degree classifications, and executive pay.
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Enhanced horizon scanning for higher education professionals. Watching Brief is a feature of the HE intelligence service HEi-know .
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Grade inflation is “ripping through the English higher education system” giving a dangerous impression of slipping standards and undermining its reputation, Jo Johnson, the higher education minister, has warned, giving vice chancellors a year to tackle the problem.
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New figures suggest that more graduates are finding employment or going on to further study. But there are trends within the statistics that raise questions about the direction of the graduate labour market and that could cause concern for the future, warns Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters .
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As UK higher education enters a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, Tony Strike, University Secretary and Director of Strategy at the University of Sheffield, says that more than ever before universities need reliable practical tools to guide them through the challenges they face.
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Many UK universities have fallen further behind international competitors in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.
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Latest figures suggest that the number of Chinese students coming to study in the UK may be beginning to flatten, or at least that growth might be less strong going forward. HEi-know examines the implications of the trend, and how the sector is responding.
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The “ivory tower” is a tired label that fails to capture the complex and deep relationship between universities and the cities where they are based, according to a British Council study.
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The huge expansion of transnational education (TNE) has created many fresh opportunities but has brought with it a  “terminology chaos” that is creating  “mass confusion and misunderstanding”, said the British Council as it published a new framework to define and standardise the terms used for different models of international education.
Higher education leaders from across the globe are gathering in London this week to attend the British Council’s Going Global flagship international higher education conference, the first since the Brexit vote.
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Collaboration between universities and business is growing, according to a new report from the National Centre for Universities and Business. Shivaun Meehan, the NCUB's head of communications, outlines the report's findings and its recommendations for building on the progress.
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HEi-know talks to Professor Liz Barnes about the challenges facing her as Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University after a year of significant change for the sector.
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Scheduled pay talks between university employers and the higher education staff unions have resulted in an offer of a minimum of 1.7 per cent.
The Government’s industrial strategy takes insufficient account of Brexit and its effect on the regulatory regime and research and trading relationships, according to a committee of MPs.
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The University of Leicester has announced plans to open a campus in China in September that will offer dual degrees for UK and Chinese students.
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Sending personalised letters from student role models to teenagers from poor backgrounds increases the likelihood of them applying to selective universities, a government trial has shown.
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Applications to higher education teacher training in England and Wales have fallen by nearly 10,000 in a year while the number accepted onto courses dropped by 12 per cent, new figures show.
There has been an increase in the proportion of academics on permanent contracts over the past decade, university employers say. But the figures have been disputed by the University and College Union, which has described them as “deeply misleading”.
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As the deadline passes for responses to the consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework, Kim Hackett, REF manager at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, outlines some of the key issues that have emerged so far.
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As both the Budget and the recent grant letter to HEFCE reiterates the government’s call for universities to work more closely with, and potentially sponsor, schools (see HEi-know Briefing Report 336 ), HEi-know finds examples of close collaboration already taking place.
A £392 million government investment in the Midlands from the local growth fund to create a "Midlands Engine" has helped the University of Leicester and partners launch plans to develop a National Space Park.
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As the Higher Education Statistics Agency launches a consultation on plans to reform the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, Dan Cook, HESA's head of data policy and development, outlines the proposals and the reasons for the review.
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Pam Tatlow, chief executive of MillionPlus, outlines the arguments in a new report calling for local authorities and agencies to work with modern universities to help unify efforts behind the government’s devolution agenda and industrial strategy.
The House of Commons education select committee has launched an inquiry into value for money in higher education.
A new policy briefing from MillionPlus, highlights the key issues that the UK’s representatives need to negotiate to ensure that UK and EU students can continue to study in each other’s countries and that the UK’s universities can continue to trade in Europe post-Brexit.
The University of Leicester is preparing to open its first international Institute in China this month. The Institute, which will offer duel degree in STEM subjects to both Chinese and UK students, is the result of a partnership between Leicester and leading Chinese University - Dalian University of Technology.
Closing the higher education gender pay gap will take 40 years, a new report suggests.
Birmingham University is to open a new campus in Dubai, the latest UK institution to tap in to potentially lucrative markets overseas.
Unite Students has published what it describes as the "first in-depth UK report on student resilience". Authored by Dr Emily McIntosh from the University of Bolton and Jenny Shaw from Unite Students, the report draws on a large survey dataset and an extensive literature review to provide a fresh definition of resilience.
A partnership between Lancaster University and a cultural organisation has won an award from Curious Minds for developing arts, education and learning in Lancaster.
Sculptures by the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir have been installed at Hull University, forming a trail around the campus. It is part of the programme for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The university is a principal partner for the year and the art works celebrate ties between Hull and Iceland.
A new £9.1 million digital media hub is under construction at Nottingham Trent University.  The development of the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies will link two sites with a seven-storey education centre.
A project set up by the University of East Anglia (UEA) which helps businesses to develop in environmentally-friendly ways has launched a second investment cycle.
STV’s new channel, STV2, which has a studio at University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr Campus, has been launched to viewers across Scotland.
The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has announced the winning bids for its Small Development Projects. Funding was awarded to seven full projects and nine case study projects, “representing a broad range of themes and topics from institutions across the sector”, the organisation says.
The University of Leicester has received its biggest ever single gift from a private  individual - £2.7 million- which will be used to fund life-saving kidney research of global significance in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.
The Midlands Innovation group of universities, including Leicester University, and Queen Mary University of London have been awarded £3.2million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to establish HPC Midlands Plus – a centre of excellence in high performance computing (HPC).
Lancaster engineers are part of a team which will map some of the world’s most radioactive sites using sensing technology mounted on an advanced robotic vehicle.
The University of Sheffield’s Sheffield Water Centre, has been awarded £3.7 million to develop new scientific ways to manage distributed water infrastructure.
The CanTest project, which involves researchers at the University of Exeter, Cambridge, UCL and Leeds, and a number of international institutions, has been awarded £5 million as part of Cancer Research UK’s Catalyst Award. The project will investigate ways of bringing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GP surgeries.
A £130 million investment in student residences at Hull University will help meet the growing demand for high-quality accommodation.